Verizon may be focused on enhancing its FiOS subscriber counts in the markets where it already built out fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure, but as seen in its first-quarter earnings results, it looks as though those markets are becoming saturated. Yet it's doubtful the company will expand into new markets for FiOS.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to the FCC website's blog Tuesday in a continued attempt to counter criticism of the commission's soon-to-be-released net neutrality revisions. Calling some industry analysts' and experts' commentary on the proposed changes "misinformed," Wheeler said the proposal was not a final decision, but instead a "formal request for input" on Open Internet rules.
The cable industry is facing an onslaught of new competition from over-the-top players like Amazon's Fire TV, Netflix and more. But the biggest threat is likely coming from Dish Network, which earlier this year inked a carriage deal with Walt Disney, said a group of financial analysts speaking at The Cable Show here.
It's easy to feel somewhat torn by Netflix's recent moves to pay Comcast and now Verizon for better access to their broadband subscribers. On one hand, as a FiOS subscriber, I should see better quality video and fewer buffering messages when binging on MST3K and catching up on Walking Dead. On the other hand, as a concerned citizen, I should be really, really worried about the precedent Netflix is setting just as the FCC completes its third revision of net neutrality rules.
Netflix has signed a new interconnection agreement with Verizon in an effort to improve the experience it can provide to users that leverage the service provider's fiber to the home (FTTH) network for access to the streaming video service.
Even as it continues to wage war with Comcast--including openly opposing the $45.2 billion merger between the nation's top MSO and Time Warner Cable--Netflix is paying to improve its working relationship with Verizon.
Frontier Communications and the local West Virginia Communications Workers of America (CWA) have reached an agreement to extend their existing contract until 11:59 p.m., May 31, following nearly a year of negotiations.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in a unanimous vote said it is okay for Verizon to serve non-fibered areas of the state with DSL or mobile wireless. The deal clarifies Verizon's obligations under a 20-year-old pledge to provide broadband service throughout New Jersey and leaves some rural communities on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Verizon reached a settlement with New Jersey regulators over whether it fulfilled a commitment it made in 1993 to deliver up to 45 Mbps broadband service throughout the state by 2010, reports NorthJersey.com.
Hawaiian Telcom is the latest traditional telco to see copper cable theft incidents rising in its service area, reporting that thieves recently stole about 300 feet of cable in Kalaeloa, near the now closed Barbers Point Naval Air Station (NAS).